Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Is the new 'Battlestar Galactica' popular?

Yes and no.

While the show has aired for four seasons and has bought much attention to the Sci Fi Channel – the truth is hardly anyone watches it.

Want proof?

Here we go.

It all started well as you can see with the table above (click on it to enlarge it) showing the ratings data from the mini series and the first season. The ratings actually went up for the second part of the mini (the audience being over four million people), but oh my, first broadcast episode “33” (arguably the best episode of the series) shows a 31.6% drop in audience of almost a third.

Just before season one began, NBC broadcast an edited version of the mini series to gee up interest in the show, but the idea obviously failed as we can see above, and the network recorded one of it's lowest ratings ever, drawing just 2.3 million viewers.

By the end season one, the series had dropped 34.2% of the audience from the mini series.

What happened to all those people from night two of the mini?

On to season two now and things are back on track for first episode “Scattered”, equalling season one’s first episode and up 4% on last season’s finale.

Worryingly though, the next episode registers a drop of 23.1% and to this date the show has never equalled the 2.6 season high rating.

By season’s end, 50% of the audience from night two of the mini series have abandoned the show.

Up until now, “Battlestar Galactica” had often vied with the two Stargate series for the position of Sci Fi’s number one drama, but 2006 saw the show kicked firmly into second place by the arrival of Eureka, a light drama based around a town of super-geeky scientists. Eureka garnered the network's highest-ever ratings for a series broadcast in its history. The July 18, two-hour premiere registered a 3.2 household rating, or more than four million viewers. It’s first season averaged a 2.2 rating with it’s finale achieving a 1.9.

Further indignity was suffered by the bizarre decision to show ECW wrestling on the station in the same year, and until the deliberate diminishing of the ECW brand, wrestling was the most watched programme on Sci Fi.

The audience size for the series is now around two million people, give or a take a couple of hundred thousand every week.

Season three arrives and the season premiere is down 30.7% on last year.

By season's end, the show has lost over two-thirds of its audience.

Original series fans got a laugh out of the ratings for one of Sci Fi's Saturday night schlock movies, Earthstorm, starring original series star Dirk Benedict. The movie posted a rating of 1.9 while that week's episode of "Battlestar Galactica" could only manage a 1.2.

On to season four, well not quite. "Razor", a direct-to-dvd movie was first shown on Sci Fi due to the movie rights held by series creator Glen A. Larson. The special had extra money put into it by Universal's DVD division and featured one of the series' most popular guest characters, the psychotic Admiral Cain, in what was essentially a flashback tale.

The movie could only post a dismal 1.2 rating and was last seen being outsold by the direct-to-dvd "Stargate-SG1: The Ark Of Truth".

Still, fourth season premiere episode "He That Believeth In Me" was up 33.3% on Razor and while we await the final ratings for this half of the season, the ratings curve is still down and the show is often coming in third place behind Ghost Hunters in the prime spot and whatever else is second.

So, what can we deduce?

1. "Battlestar Galactica" is the Sci Fi Channel's second most popular drama.
2. It's not as popular as Ghost Hunters, Eureka, Earthstorm, and believe it or not, repeats of crap Star Trek series, Enterprise.
3. A lot of the audience from the mini series didn't show up for the regular series.
4. Shown on a regular network, the show has all the appeal of a dead puppy.


5. It's not as popular as the original series, which at it's peak was watched by 66 million people in the US and at it's lowest (after the network deliberately attempted to kill it by pre-empting it all the time) 22 million.


* Thanks to BST (Pete) for the charts and the maths, which made this article possible.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Party On!

This is why it pays to be behind the camera!
The Fantastic Five.
Dave and Vanessa – the living mummies!
Pat auditions for
Make Me A Supermodel.
Nice hat V!

Saturday, 7 June 2008

The Girl In Question (Requested)

From left: Jo, Jeremy (?), Ziggy,
Kate, Mark and Andy.
From left: Geraldine, Stu, The Author (kneeling),
Dave, Kate and Andy.
Dave Allen and Stu.
We're headbanging – our poor braincells!

The Elephant Man Cometh Again

Stu gets groovy!
Wendy and the other Stu.
Andy and Winston (I think).
Debbie and Mark.
(I think – my memory is going)